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Children: Protection

Education written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Labour, Hayes and Harlington

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take in response to the recommendations of the Munro Review of Child Protection.

Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Professor Eileen Munro published the findings of her independent review of child protection, “A Child Centred System” on 10 May 2011. Professor Munro's recommendations are wide-ranging and look at how to re-focus the child protection system on meeting the needs of the child, rather than complying with prescriptive rules and targets.

I welcome Professor Munro's thorough analysis of the issues. It is important that we consider carefully, with professionals themselves, how best to respond to her proposals to bring about the radical, long-term reform needed. I have therefore announced that an implementation working group drawing together key individuals from the social work profession, local government, health, police, education and the voluntary sector will be formed. The Government will work closely with this group to develop a full response to Professor Munro's recommendations before the summer recess.

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